two horned animals with fingerprint bodies at top of a bluish-grey hill; large empty space in middle ground, blue and grey mountains beyond

Finger Painting, from an album of ten, 1684

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Born into a prominent Chinese family in northeastern China, the scholar-artist Gao Qipei served as senior provincial official in Anhui province, as vice president of the Board of Punishment in Beijing, and as a lieutenant general of one of the Qing military banner regiments. Gao was already an able painter by the age of eight, and his more traditional early landscapes were much admired at court. By the late 1600s, however, individualism was in the air and Gao was anxious to establish his own style and identity as an artist. He developed a style of finger painting, not only applying ink with the tip of one finger, but also with the side of his hand to create broad streaks and washes. He grew one fingernail long and split it like a pen nib. His best works are spontaneous, with rough, jagged lines, uneven ink washes, and fingerprints worked into his expressive compositions.

Details
Title
Finger Painting, from an album of ten
Artist Life
1660 - 1734
Role
Artist
Dimension
H.9-5/8 x W.12-9/16 in. (image)
Accession Number
99.176.1
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two horned animals with fingerprint bodies at top of a bluish-grey hill; large empty space in middle ground, blue and grey mountains beyond